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Enjoy At Dead of Night by Bethany Leigh!

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Red herrings meet red bottoms in this tale of detecting, discipline and life decisions.

After eight years of working as a PI, Lucy Ogilvy finally has a murder mystery to investigate. Who did kill Marilyn Carter, a convicted murderer who is now a prominent Christian evangelist?

Lucy’s investigations bring her back in contact with her ex-boyfriend Noel. They’d like to get back together – but he insists on a domestic discipline relationship, and forbids her to take unnecessary risks for work.

Can Lucy accept Noel’s discipline? And how do you investigate a murder without taking a few risks, anyway?

 

Enjoy a free excerpt below!

Back at her flat, she made sure she looked good before heading off to Leicester Square. She put on new jeans and a strappy top, brushed her hair thoroughly and applied make-up and perfume. Then she caught the bus to the train station. It was better to use public transport tonight as she definitely needed a fortifying glass of cider if she was going to have a conversation with Noel. Plus, if he asked her back to his place, it would be easier just to go back with him without her car…

Stop it, she told herself. Getting back with Noel would mean telling him that that spanking had been okay. And it hadn’t been. Even if she had probably deserved it – no, she corrected herself, she’d probably totally deserved it – it wasn’t his place to dish out punishment. Spanking was all very well in the bedroom – it was a turn-on and led to great sex – but for real punishment? No. Just no. Being a successful PI meant taking risks. Sure, other people might consider her decisions dangerous and foolhardy, but for her, such actions might be career enhancing. Noel, as a journalist, should have understood that. If he didn’t and if he wanted to get back with her, then she was going to make that very clear to him.

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Author Bio:

Bethany Leigh is a newbie erotic romance writer published by Blushing Books. Her first novella, Freedom, is set in a kinky alternate Edwardian era, and her second, At Dead at Night, is a murder mystery set in present-day England. Her short story anthology, A Cure for All Ills and Other Stories, will also be published by Blushing Books, and includes contemporary, historical and time-travel stories set in Australia, England and the Czech Republic.

She enjoys writing (and reading!) about strong-willed heroines crossing swords with alpha heroes.

 

Author links

http://bethanyleighromance.blogspot.com.au/

Twitter: @writerbethany1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Bethany-Leigh-108399886191157/

Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Bethany-Leigh/e/B018Z9NLSK/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1449447482&sr=8-1

 

 

Annabelle’s Awakening is on sale now!

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The Honourable Annabelle Spencer will soon become the Duchess of Rothmuir, and she can’t wait to get married! It’s not the beautiful dress or the opulent wedding ball that she’s looking forward to the most, however. All she wants is to be naked in the arms of her love Daniel, the Duke of Rothmuir, once more.

But it has now become clear that there is more to marrying Daniel than simply becoming his duchess. In addition to being a powerful peer of the realm in Victoria’s England, he is a proud member of the Ruttingdon Club, an exclusive group of titled noblemen who enjoy inflicting pain while taking their pleasure. Annabelle is determined to accompany Daniel to meetings of the Club when they are married, but he is unsure whether she can cope with the physical and psychological demands that appearance at club meetings place on females who attend these exotic functions.

Can Annabelle endure the strict training the Club requires? Will she master her fear of bodily exposure in front of strangers? Can she and Daniel build a life together that balances duty to their roles in society with their desire for dark sexual pleasure?

Read Annabelle’s Awakening, the second in the Ruttingdon Club series, to find out!

Buy from Amazon.com here!

Buy from Amazon.co.uk here!

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Curious about how Annabelle met her duke? Read The Incorrigible Annabelle Spencer, available from Amazon and the Blushing Books website!

Not long now!

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Annabelle’s Awakening, the second in my Ruttingdon series, is due out on the 17th of January! It’s the follow up to The Incorrigible Annabelle Spencer, and follows Annabelle as she negotiates both marriage to a powerful nobleman and entrance into the Ruttingdon Club, a select and secretive BDSM club known by only a few.

You can read the first chapter of the book for free here! It will be available on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Barnes and Noble and the Blushing Books website.

Look out for the beautiful cover made by the lovely people at Blushing Books –

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The Honourable Annabelle Spencer will soon become the Duchess of Rothmuir, and she can’t wait to get married! It’s not the beautiful dress or the opulent wedding ball that she’s looking forward to the most, however. All she wants is to be naked in the arms of her love Daniel, the Duke of Rothmuir, once more.

But it has now become clear that there is more to marrying Daniel than simply becoming his duchess. In addition to being a powerful peer of the realm in Victoria’s England, he is a proud member of the Ruttingdon Club, an exclusive group of titled noblemen who enjoy inflicting pain while taking their pleasure. Annabelle is determined to accompany Daniel to meetings of the Club when they are married, but he is unsure whether she can cope with the physical and psychological demands that appearance at club meetings place on females who attend these exotic functions.

Can Annabelle endure the strict training the Club requires? Will she master her fear of bodily exposure in front of strangers? Can she and Daniel build a life together that balances duty to their roles in society with their desire for dark sexual pleasure?

Read Annabelle’s Awakening, the second in the Ruttingdon Club series, to find out!

 

I think I’m growing as a writer.

Figuratively speaking, anyway. I’m already 5’10”, I don’t need to be any taller.

I was just updating my Amazon Author Central pages when I noticed a new review on my Victorian Vices series. It’s one of those damned with faint praise ones – I can’t tell if she’s being a bit snide and taking a pop at the genre or just words things badly.  The first time I got one of these reviews I was quite upset. Now, though, my skin is thickening and I’m starting to think like a real author.

I added up how much it cost her to share her feelings – £9.78 – and thought about what I’d spend her money on instead.

Like me, love me, flame me, shame me – just buy my books, if you please. I’ll work through my emotions on the lovely foreign holiday you’re helping to send me on!

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Wow. Apparently I’ve made some money.

First of all, hi. Once upon a time this was a real blog, not something I dropped into once or twice to plug a book release. Then real life took over and between keeping on top of the day job and trying to write I let this slide. New resolution: at least two blog posts a week, not including book release posts.

Today, I got an email regarding royalties. I need to say that a clause in my contract says that I am not allowed to discuss this matter in any detail, so I’m going to be deliberately vague. Not that I would have mentioned figures anyway; Mum always insists that talking about money is vulgar, which is a bizarrely middle class notion from a solidly working class woman but we all have our little idiosyncrasies, don’t we?

Anyway, I got my first ever royalty statement. I’ve been thinking about this for a little while as a matter of curiosity rather than anything else. I had convinced myself that I would never sell enough copies of my books to earn any royalties; I was satisfied with the advance payment (again, no details) from my publishers. I have been able to buy a few new things that I needed, with money left to tuck away in a little savings account. To be completely honest, I rather felt a little sorry for my publishers. The fools! They paid me advances that they would never make back! Ha! I get to see my name in eBook print, and they pay me for the privilege!

I think this only goes to show just how naive I am about the whole way this publishing thing works.

Today I got my royalties statement and even though it doesn’t tell me how many copies I sold, it did tell me that my publishers owed me royalty money. It’s not J K Rowling money, not by a long chalk, but it was a genuine surprise to discover that my very first book, the one that I think is my weakest, earned me so much. Well, so much to me. As I think we’ve established, I have no idea about things like this work. At all.

With some fairly simple maths, I think I can work out roughly  how many copies of the book I sold and again, I’m amazed. This, from what I think is my weakest book? My word!

Best of all, my publisher said that the next time I’m due royalties, the amount will be more!

I think flabbergasted is probably the best word to describe me right now. It’s not huge sums of money at all but to me, who never expected to earn anything from them at all, it’s an absolute fortune.

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Change of title for my next book!

The first book in my new, racier series, The Ruttingdon Series, has had a name change!

Thanks to the popularity of another book from the same publishers, The Duke’s Proposition has been re-named The Incorrigible Annabelle Spencer.

Here’s the fantastic  cover!

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Isn’t it pretty? I’m so excited for this release! The Ruttingdon Series is different from the Victorian Vices series – there’s still the same mix of strong heroines, sexy heroes and very sore bottoms, but these books will be a lot naughtier than before!

It’s due to be released in one week’s time, on the 20th December 2015. Treat yourself with something naughty this Christmas, and meet The Incorrigible Annabelle Spencer!

The nicest review I’ve ever had!

What a fabulous thing to wake up to!

Spanking Miss Sophia is still number one on Amazon.com and number two on Amazon.co.uk, and I check the pages daily to see if I get any new reviews. This morning I got the best one I ever had! I’m reposting it here so I can come back and look at it whenever I get depressed!

Ms Taylor has, with this book, set a standard for the genre that few other writers will be able to match. It is even better than her first book and that was a gem. The plot is simple enough: Griffin, Duke of Dorset, has inherited his uncle’s title and estates to go alongside his already vast fortune. With it comes guardianship of his uncle’s two young daughters (Lady Charlotte and Lady Amelia) and their dowries. The girls have been cared for by their half sister Miss Sophia and she too has a dowry that he must manage until she gets married. He plans to carry out his duties very well and brings all three to London to share his home. That seems best to him but naturally this brings him far more problems than he could ever envisage. It is in the characters that this apparently simple situation comes to life. There is Dorset himself; honourable, strong, reluctantly thinking he’d best marry to have an heir and just a little bit wary about crossing his formidable mother the Dowager Duchess. The Dowager Duchess is a wonderful creation; tough, awkward, irascible and hiding two things…a kindly side and a nasty secret. Lady Sophia is great; effectively the only mother her half sisters have known and determined both to protect them and continue as their mother figure. She is intelligent, passionate, strong willed, short tempered and absolutely has no intention of getting married. Lady Charlotte is a lovely little girl. Quiet, intelligent and hiding a determined nature and a fiercely protective nature. Lady Amelia is a daughter everyone should have. She is a delightful pain in the rear end. A girl so interested in animals in all their messy detail Griffin enquires, “Are you sure you’re a girl?” Then there is Veronica, Griffin’s beautiful and highly dangerous mistress. Ms Taylor stirs this mixture and takes the reader on a wonderful ride which is highly erotic, has a few mainly deserved sore bottoms and at time shad this reader howling with laughter. If you don’t crack up at the scene when Miss Sophia and the Dowager Duchess retell Sophia’s presentation to Queen Victoria then you simply don’t have a sense of humour. Of course there are no prizes for guessing the ending but it is the journey to it that is worth the read. Highly recommended for lovers of this genre. Oh, and just in case you think I have some connection to Ms Taylor….I don’t.

Thank you Amazon reviewer Tomsreads! You have made a stressed and  unhappy writer really cheerful!

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You can buy this five-star rated book at Amazon.co.ukAmazon.com and the Blushing Books website!

Still number one!

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Number one on Amazon.com in Victorian Erotica! And, well, bouncing up and down the top three on Amazon.co.uk, but currently at number two!

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The Duke of Dorset is having a very bad day. One moment he is enjoying life as a single man in possession of the most beautiful mistress in London, and in the next he finds that he has inherited the guardianship of two orphaned cousins, daughters of his black-sheep uncle, the Earl of Shrewsbury.

These very young, very troublesome country cousins arrive as a package deal, along with their older half-sister, Miss Sophia Preston. She is a feisty, opinionated young woman of marriageable age, a stepdaughter to the deceased earl, in fact, who is determined to return her family to the countryside where they belong.

Sparks fly as Miss Sophia clashes not only with the duke, a thirty-year-old confirmed bachelor, but also with the duke’s mother, a grande dame in London society. The duchess has little patience with two small, difficult and noisy girls, and even less with their unrefined and yet outspoken country mouse of a half-sister.

Still, all the heat and friction produced amongst those three is nothing compared to the firestorm that ensues when the duke’s mistress, a courtesan of the very highest rank and quite full of herself, discovers that the duke is beginning to see Miss Sophia in an entirely different and quite romantic light!